Houston Ballet II to Perform at Hendrix

Houston Ballet II

CONWAY, Ark. (October 8, 2013) – Houston Ballet II will perform Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium at Hendrix College.

They will perform excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty and Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s neoclassical work, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth.

The concert, arranged by Hendrix Special Events and the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

There will also be a master-level demonstration class on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Trieschmann Dance Studio as a complementary outreach to the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas.

For more information, contact Hendrix dance professor Brigitte Rogers at rogers@hendrix.eduor call 501-505-2947.

Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fourth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of ballet students from around the world, Houston Ballet II members perform a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics like The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker to contemporary works by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch. 

The mission of Houston Ballet II is three-fold; to provide students the opportunity to dance leading roles in varied repertoire, to allow the dancers to develop technically and artistically through performance experience, and to serve the greater Houston community by providing quality, professional performances.  The visibility of the excellent training in Houston Ballet II supports the growth of the professional company at large. 

Under the direction of Artistic Director Stanton Welch and Shelly Power, Academy Director, Houston Ballet II dancers are led by the internationally acclaimed coaches and teachers Claudio Muñoz, ballet master for Houston Ballet II; Sabrina Lenzi, ballet mistress for Houston Ballet II and Houston Ballet’s artistic staff. Houston Ballet II second company members tour both nationally and internationally, and have performed in Mexico, China, Hungary, Guatemala, and Lausaunne, Switzerland where Houston Ballet II performed at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne dance competition. 

This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arkansas Art's Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. For more information about Mid-America Arts Alliance, visit them online at www.maaa.org.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu

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